This was what I wrote:
I am sad to learn that The Sun has lent its megaphone in support of what appears to be the latest salvo in Dignity in Dying’s campaign to legalise assisted suicide. No one can fail to be moved by Mr Cole’s suffering nor that of his late wife. However the campaign threatens to open a Pandora’s box of unintended and dangerous consequences for those of us who suffer from chronic, terminal or disabling conditions – and indeed ultimately for our whole society.
Mr Cole is quoted as having “no wish to die in pain without any dignity”. Neither do I. I have a very slow form of MND, and although I don’t relish the prospect of dying I have confidence that my dignity will not be sacrificed and my symptoms will be well managed, thanks to advanced palliative care pioneered by the hospice movement. Ironically, in our sophisticated culture, the populist campaign is based on an immature fear of the process of dying. Rarely is that process easy, and as our population ages so the difficulties increase. However short-circuiting the process, which is what Dignitas and assisted suicide offer, merely adds to fear and militates against acceptance of the inevitable, and good dying. Deliberately ending life, also known as killing, is no way to go. Expanding and investing in palliative care, which is real compassion, is the better way.
The vast majority of disabled and vulnerable people are protected by the law as it stands, and fear any change. To pass a law which admits that some lives are less valuable or worthy of protection, as has happened wherever euthanasia or assisted suicide have been made legal, is a thoroughly dangerous precedent. I trust MPs resist the loud siren-call of press magnates and listen to the voice of informed reason. Keep us safe.